Drawing 163: Ullswater and Grisedale

Direction of view: SW

Notes: For good lighting, will be best taken between April and September.  To find the viewpoint, follow the path north from Side Farm.  After half a mile, there is a copse of larches above the path on the right, next to a rocky knoll.  Climb to the knoll.  Note how the top of Keldas and the promontory jutting into the lake line up with the background.

This view appears in six other places in Wainwright’s published works: the title page of the St. Sunday Crag chapter in The Eastern Fells, Lakeland Mountain Drawing 17, Memoirs of a Fellwanderer page 30, Wainwright in Lakeland page 183, page 335 of Westmorland Heritage, and page 45 of A Coast to Coast Walk.  The Memoirs image appears to be from the same original sketch, but scaled down in size and with the foreground and sky missing; the Westmorland Heritage image is full size, but also without the sky and foreground.  The mountain drawing is a completely different drawing, including the whole of Birks.

Comments: I first took this picture on slide film on 17th February 1991.  A perfect winter morning was spent taking pictures around Ullswater (including this drawing and 351), then I left Glenridding just before midday, taking drawing 145 on the walk in to a traverse of Catstycam, the Helvellyn Edges and Birkhouse Moor. A very enjoyable day with ice axe and crampons coping well with lots of hard old snow.

On 24th January 2015 I was driving through Patterdale en route for a walk on the fells around Glencoyne.  An hour’s detour allowed me to find the location for this drawing and 241. It was late morning, and lighting conditions were not ideal.  The trees in the foreground have changed since AW’s visit.